Middle School (MYP)

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Southpointe Academy is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) MYP school. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.

Designed for students aged 11-16, the MYP develops internationally-minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. The MYP provides a framework of academic challenge and holistic education that enhances the British Columbia curriculum through engaging and personalized learning. The MYP fosters the social, thinking, research, communication and self-management skills that help students learn how to learn in order to succeed in and beyond the classroom.

The academic program includes the eight subject groups of the MYP: Language and Literature (English), Language Acquisition (French/Spanish), Individuals and Societies (Social Studies), Sciences, Mathematics, Design, Physical and Health Ed. and the Arts (Visual Art, Band, Choir, Drama). The MYP culminates in grade 9 with the community project. The community project provides an opportunity for students to collaborate and pursue service learning. The project encourages and enables students to participate in a self-directed inquiry, generate new insights, demonstrate skills, attitudes and knowledge, communicate effectively, demonstrate responsible action and appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments.

For more information on the MYP, please read “What is an IB education” which is available in 9 languages.  The learner profile is also available in 9 languages.

For more information, you are encouraged to contact our MYP Coordinator, Ms Christine Yang.

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Language Acquisition

The study of additional languages in the Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides students with the opportunity to develop insights into the features, processes and craft of language and the concept of culture, and to realize that there are diverse ways of living, viewing and behaving in the world. MYP language acquisition is a compulsory component of the MYP in every year of the programme. Schools must provide sustained language learning in at least two languages for each year of the MYP.

Language and identity
Learning to communicate in a variety of ways is fundamental to students’ identity affirmation.

What is the significance of language acquisition in the MYP?
The ability to communicate in a variety of modes, in more than one language, is essential to the concept of an international education. The language acquisition course provides a linguistic and academic challenge for students in order to facilitate the best possible educational experience.

Students are given the opportunity to develop their language skills to their full potential, as well as the possibility of progressing through various phases over the course of the MYP.

How is language acquisition structured in the MYP?
In this subject group, teaching and learning is organized into six phases. Students do not necessarily begin in phase one – they can begin at any phase, depending on their prior experiences, and may exit from any phase on the continuum.

Language Literature

Middle Years Programme (MYP) language and literature courses develop skills in six areas:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Viewing
  • Presenting

Inquiry is at the heart of MYP language learning, and aims to support students’ understanding by providing them with opportunities to independently and collaboratively investigate, take action and reflect on their learning.

What is the significance of language and literature in the MYP?
All IB programmes value language as central to the development of critical thinking, which is essential for cultivating intercultural understanding and responsible membership in local, national and global communities.

Language is integral to exploring and sustaining personal development and cultural identity, and provides an intellectual framework that supports the construction of conceptual understanding.

As MYP students interact with a range of texts, they generate insight into moral, social, economic, political, cultural and environmental domains. They continually grow in their abilities to form opinions, make decisions, and reason ethically—all key attributes of an IB learner.

MYP language and literature courses are designed to:

  • engage a student in the study of many aspects of the language and literature of a communities and their cultures.
  • offer a study of a wide range of literary and non-literary text types, writing styles and techniques, allowing students to comment on the significance of any possible contexts, audiences, purpose, and the use of linguistic and literary devices.

Individuals & Societies

Individuals and societies incorporates disciplines traditionally studied in the humanities, as well as disciplines in the social sciences.  In this subject group, students collect, describe and analyse data used in studies of societies, test hypotheses, and learn how to interpret complex information, including original source material. This focus on real-world examples, research and analysis is an essential aspect of the subject group.

What is the significance of individuals and societies in the MYP?
The subject encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them and equips them with the necessary skills to inquire into historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, societies and environments.

It encourages learners, both students and teachers, to consider local and global contexts.

How is individuals and societies structured in the MYP?
To provide a broad and balanced curriculum, Southpointe Academy develops individuals and societies courses that involve a range of relevant disciplines.

 

Science

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) sciences framework encourages students to investigate issues through research, observation and experimentation, working independently and collaboratively.  As they investigate real examples of science application, students will discover the tensions and dependencies between science and morality, ethics, culture, economics, politics, and the environment.

What is the significance of sciences in the MYP?
Scientific inquiry fosters critical and creative thinking about research and design, as well as the identification of assumptions and alternative explanations.Through MYP sciences, students will learn to appreciate and respect the ideas of others, gain good ethical-reasoning skills and further develop their sense of responsibility as members of local and global communities.

How are sciences structured in the MYP?
MYP sciences courses at Southpointe Academy are interdisciplinary in nature and include biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, environmental science and various other science disciplines

 

Mathematics

In the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), mathematics promotes both inquiry and application, helping students to develop problem solving techniques that transcend the discipline and that are useful in the world beyond school. The MYP mathematics framework encompasses number, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, statistics and probability. Students in the MYP learn how to represent information, to explore and model situations, and to find solutions to familiar and unfamiliar problems. These are skills that are useful in a wide range of arenas, including social sciences and the arts.

What is the significance of mathematics in the MYP?
MYP mathematics aims to equip all students with the knowledge, understanding and intellectual capabilities to address further courses in mathematics, as well as to prepare those students who will use mathematics in their studies, workplaces and everyday life.

Mathematics provides an important foundation for the study of sciences, engineering and technology, as well as a variety of application in other fields.

How is mathematics structured in the MYP?
MYP mathematics can be tailored to the needs of students, seeking to intrigue and motivate them to want to learn its principles. Students see authentic examples of how mathematics is useful and relevant to their lives and be encouraged to apply it to new situations.

 

Arts

In the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), students develop through creating, performing and presenting arts in ways that engage and convey feelings, experiences and ideas. It is through this practice that students acquire new skills and master those skills developed in prior learning. Students have opportunities to function as artists, as well as learners of the arts.

What is the significance of arts in the MYP?
Arts stimulate young imaginations, challenge perceptions and develop creative and analytical skills. Involvement in the arts encourages students to understand the arts in context and the cultural histories of artworks, supporting the development of an inquiring and empathetic world view. Arts challenge and enrich personal identity and build awareness of the aesthetic in a real-world context.

How is arts structured in the MYP?
In MYP years 1 to 3, arts course structures include a minimum of one visual arts discipline and one performing arts discipline followed by a choice of disciplines in year 4 programme.

The arts disciplines offered in the MYP at Southpointe are visual art and drama.


 

Physical & Health Education

In the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), physical and health education empowers students to understand and appreciate the value of being physically active and to develop the motivation for making healthy life choices.

Physical and health education focuses on both learning about and learning through physical activity. Both dimensions help students to develop approaches to learning (ATL) skills across the curriculum. MYP physical and health education courses must engage students in physical education activities for at least half of the total teaching time allocated to the subject group.

What is the significance of MYP physical and health education?
Physical and health education courses foster the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will contribute to a student’s balanced and healthy lifestyle. Through opportunities for active learning, courses in this subject group embody and promote the holistic nature of well-being. Through physical and health education, students can learn to appreciate and respect the ideas of others, and develop effective collaboration and communication skills. This subject area also offers many opportunities to build positive interpersonal relationships that can help students to develop a sense of social responsibility.

How is MYP physical and health education structured?
In order to give students an opportunity to meet the MYP physical and health education objectives at the highest level, teachers should plan a balanced curriculum that includes significant content.

 

Design

As part of the Middle Years Programme (MYP), design challenges all students to:

  • apply practical and creative thinking skills to solve design problems.
  • explore the role of design in both historical and contemporary contexts.
  • consider their responsibilities when making design decisions and taking action.

MYP design focuses a holistic design process rather than final products and solutions.

What is the significance of design in the MYP?
MYP uses the design cycle as a way to structure:

  • inquiry and analysis of design problems
  • development and creation of feasible solutions
  • testing and evaluation of students’ models, prototypes, products or systems.


How is design structured in the MYP?
Design courses at Southpointe are offered as a single course which combines digital and product design.